"Dreams don’t work unless you do."
That is by far one of my favorite quotes and I feel that it holds such true meaning and value in our lives.
But what if you are working on a dream that is not yours? That is something that I came to a realization with my administrative position at Crunch Fitness. I absolutely loved being in a fitness atmosphere, my coworkers are some of the nicest people I have met and the guests made me smile with their warm smiles and determination to live healthier lives. I took on this position with hopes of learning more about the industry and moving up however I found myself being submersed in nothing but tedious paperwork and juggling not only their admin position but the front desk rep position as well. Overworked and underpaid is not a good situation to be in but I took it with stride because I had hope that things would get better. I found myself being unhappy which is something I told myself I never wanted to feel again at a job.
Do what you love, that is my motto and I only felt that joy when I was coaching my girls basketball team or at the gym training. Then it hit me, what the hell was I doing working an admin job when my real dream is to be a personal trainer and help others live a healthier lifestyle. I was working so hard to make
someone else’s dream and business run instead of focusing on making my dreams come true. Between my job, coaching, working out, pageant practice and personal life; it left me no time to study for my personal training cert. So I made the decision to resign my position at Crunch and it honestly felt amazing! I now have time to focus on my studying again and get back to my real dream and passion.
I want to be able to provide affordable personal training options, inspire people to work out, help people understand and transition into healthy eating habits, break stereotypes of what beauty is for Asian women, provide care and smiles for the homeless and so much more. At the end of the day, it is not about how much money one makes or how many material possession one has, it is about the difference one makes on the world. I am going to make my dreams come true and if I fail, I can accept it because I will at least know that I gave my dreams a chance and worked towards it.
#life #fitness #dreams #passion
Posted 11 hours ago
Anonymous said: My usual routine is to hit the gym for some cardio and some circuit trainings in the morning before I go to work. I wake up at 5am and at work by 830. Do you have any suggestions on what I should eat before/after my workout?
Hi there. My suggests for pre workout would be granola bar/cereal/oatmeal or fruit. I suggest cereal/oatmeal because it will give you the carbs/energy that you need for your workout after sleeping. Unless you are doing fasted cardio (not eating before your workout), it really depends on you and your goals. Post workout I highly recommend taking a protein shake and getting in a meal with carbs and protein if time permits. Try preparing your post workout meals in advance since you start work at 8:30am, you can have a peanut butter and banana sandwich ready as you make your way to work. Preparation truly is key!
Hope this helps,
Posted 12 hours ago
Anonymous said: Hi Anne, I just wondering what's the best way to increase deadlifts to two plates within 4 months? My current PR is 185 lbs.
Hi! Unfortunately I am unable to help you when it comes to deadlifts because it is an area that I am unfamiliar with. I have chronic back pains from being in multiple car accidents so my lower back is very sensitive. The last time I did a deadlift I tweaked my back really bad and was unable to work out for a week and a half. It has been four months since I attempted one, I know my body well and what works/doesn’t. Also to be honest I am a bit scared to try it, I do not want to injure myself again. I can help with squats if anything though! :)
Posted 12 hours ago
Anonymous said: Hi Anne, I was just wondering if you have a YouTube channel because I think it'd be great to watch what kind of workout routines you do. Thanks.
Hi there! As of the moment I do not. I have gotten requests and suggestions from friends and followers to make one but with my current schedule and obligations, I do not have the time to film as well as a person to film for me. Once basketball and pageant season is over I will definitely get started on creating a Youtube channel :)
Posted 13 hours ago
#TBT 6 months ago I was content with being skinny, 6 months ago I didn’t have muscles, 6 months ago I never worked out my upper body, 6 months ago I couldn’t do one push up, 6 months ago I was yo-yo dieting, 6 months ago I didn’t know how strong and dedicated I could be yet 6 months ago I decided to make a change and truly commit to living a healthier lifestyle. A lot can happen in 6 months with hard work, dedication and patience. Don’t wait for New Years to make a change, make today the beginning towards a better, healthier and happier you!😊❤️💪
Posted 18 hours ago
Late night shoulder and quad pump after my game. Seeing gains from lifting heavy makes me want to work even harder!😊💪💪💪 (at 24 Hour Fitness)
#fitness #fitblr #girlswholift #Nike #justdoit #noexcuses #livefit
Posted 2 days ago
After the gym today I went grocery shopping to whip up a few things before I left for my basketball game (btw my girls won 43-28 in their first game for the CMHS tournament!!!)
I stopped by Alberton’s and was able to get a great deal on all of the items picture in the first photo. When I go shopping, I normally have a game plan when I walk in and I try my best to make sure I get the best deal possible. I am a firm believer in not being only fit for your health but also being financially fit. I do not believe in overpaying for items that are suppose to help me live a healthier life. Many times people think that it is too expensive to eat healthy but honestly if you spend the time in finding deals, it will help you in many more aspects of your life.
I bought 5 pounds of seasoned chicken breasts, a pound of lean ground beef (85/15), a pound of asparagus and turkey bacon for $15! This will definitely feed me for the entire week. I eat cereal everyday for breakfast, so breaking this down for only lunch and dinner for the next 5 days, I will be spending $1.50 per meal. That seriously makes me so excited! I love finding ways to save money and be healthy :)
|| Lean ground beef with asparagus and green beans ||
(Had green beans from last week, found a deal at an Asian market for .65 cents a pound!).
1) Mince garlic and place into a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil, let simmer for a minute.
2) Add lean ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink.
3) Add in veggies
4) Add a dash of pepper
|| Turkey bacon wrapped asparagus ||
1) Cut asparagus into shorter lengths
2) Wash asparagus thoroughly
3) Take one piece of turkey bacon and wrap it tightly around four (or more depending on preference) pieces of asparagus
4) Place on foil sheet to be placed in oven
5) Bake at 450 degrees for 7-8 minutes (longer if you wish to have it crispier), turn over and repeat
I will be eating my lean ground beef and veggies with brown rice as well as turning it into a salad. Tomorrow I will be grilling my chicken breast with my George Foreman grill. The recipes that I have are very simple and easy to do, throughout my journey I have learned what flavors I enjoy the most and tend to cook it often. Learning to maintain a healthy eating habit has enabled me to spend less time at the gym doing ab exercises. Nowadays I do abs only once a week, sometimes once every two weeks. I am still able to maintain a flat stomach just by eating correctly! Getting rid of the belly pooch has honestly been one of the best accomplishments and I owe it due to healthy eating. Trust me, it is possible!
Till next time!
Posted 3 days ago
Anonymous said: Hi Anne, I read on your instagram that you're eating about 2200 calories! Did you start off eating that many calories? Have you ever gone on a bulk or cut? And what are your thoughts on that? :)
Hi! Yes I was eating that much a day and boy was it hard! Monitoring and tracking every morsel of food that went into my body was time consuming since I was trying to make sure I hit my macros correctly every day. It definitely gave me a glimpse of what it was like for a fitness competitor, to measure/weigh out your food, count your calories and be strict to your diet. I have so much respect for them and their discipline!
I did not always eat that much. There was a point in my life where I only ate twice a day because I was “too busy” or just didn’t think about food. Before transitioning into living a healthy lifestyle, I ate pretty bad to be honest. As for my thoughts on bulking/cutting, I think it is up to the person and what goals they are trying to reach. Bulking definitely requires a higher caloric intake but make sure that you are eating healthy/good food and not just intaking junk food to gain weight. You want to supply your body with the correct fuel it needs to achieve muscle mass. As for cutting, you have to make sure that your are setting the correct macros for your body in order to cut. Many fitness competitors I have seen lower their carb intake, increase their weight lifting sessions as well as their cardio. Cutting means that you need to lower your body fat % in order for your your definition/cuts. Please be smart with each phase, ultimately your health should be the most important aspect; not the physical/looks aspect.
Hope I answered your questions. Take care!
Posted 3 days ago
Anonymous said: Do you like spicy food? Like papaya salad? I always get a bowl of dry pepper and fish sauce and just use it as a dip for apples, oranges, sour mangoes, etc. Do you think that's unhealthy?
Hi, I like spicy food but only to an extent. If you are familiar with Boiling Crab, medium is considered spicy for me.
Personally for me, I stay away from foods that are high in sodium. I am not a professional nutritionist or anything but I do not think that it is healthy if you are always dipping your food in fish sauce and dry pepper. I suggest eating your fruits as is and if you must use a dipping sauce, check the nutrition label and try to get one that has the least amount of artificial ingredients and sodium.
Posted 3 days ago
Anonymous said: Hey Anne! been doing good about being healthy & exercising. Kylie helps me out a lot! i wasn't able to celebrate thanksgiving this year so that was not a problem. we visited my husband's cousins. we moved into a new house and been able to eat healthy now that we're here. we do have a weak spot and eat unhealthy sometimes but we're adjusting. i just have one problem...sweets. i know there are ways to stop. but what's your take on sweets & how much? thank you! -@rashellemorrow IG
Hi Rashelle! I am glad to hear that you and the family are doing well! Eating healthy definitely takes time to adjust to so keep it up! It will get easier and more natural as time passes by.
Sweets. Girl you are talking to the former queen of sweets right here! Donuts, anything red velvet, halo halo, ice cream, you name it..I was eating it! Haha. There are definitely ways to stop, my biggest test was Lent this past year. Ever since I was able to accomplish not eating any sweets for Lent, I feel that I no longer crave it as much as I once did. I think that eating it every now and then is fine but definitely not a daily or weekly indulgence.
There are also healthier alternatives such as non-fat yogurt, frozen yogurt, fruits as well as low/non fat baking recipes. The options are out there, you just have to research them :) Best wishes and send my love to your beautiful baby girl for me! Talk soon.
Posted 3 days ago